The Jacksonville Jaguars faced a stout Indianapolis Colts' defensive front in the season opener. Things won't get any easier when they face off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Just now, the news broke that defensive tackle Chris Jones has ended his holdout and has agreed to a new contract, meaning he'll suit up against the Jags.
Having watched his team take on the Detroit Lions in Week 1 from the sidelines, Jones has struck a one-year deal, per multiple reports. A second-round pick in 2016, the former Mississippi State Bulldog is arguably the Chiefs' best defensive player, and if he had played in the opener, Kansas City might've been 1-0 heading into their bout against the Jaguars.
Instead, the Chiefs find themselves in a three-way tie with the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers for second place in the AFC West. While there's a strong chance Kansas City will eventually take the division back from the Las Vegas Raiders due to the presence of Patrick Mahomes, having Jones back for Week 2 is huge.
As of this writing, the terms of the deal are not known. But one thing is certain, an already tough matchup has become considerably harder.
The Jaguars O-Line could have trouble containing Chiefs DT Chris Jones
There's no such thing as an easy win in the NFL. The Jaguars were — at least on paper — a better team than Indy and still had to sweat out the win. Coincidentally, one area in which they struggled was the offensive line. Jacksonville had trouble slowing down the Colts' defensive front, whether it was keeping a clean pocket or opening lanes in the running game.
Now, the Jags are set to face Chris Jones in Week 2. The fact that right guard Brandon Scherff suffered an ankle injury in the opener and is day-to-day doesn't help matters. If Scherff isn't good to go, which is highly likely, Jacksonville will then roll with veteran Tyler Shatley who filled in for Scherff when he had to leave the game.
Shatley, the longest-tenured player on the Jaguars' roster, has started 30 games across the interior offensive line the last three years. It looks like he will make his 31st start against the Chiefs in Week 2.
The Jaguars are 1-0 and at the top of the AFC South heading into Week 2. Having checked off a box by winning a division game, they'll next take on the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Beating them and going 2-0 to start the season would be huge but it won't be an easy task with Chris Jones back in the fold.